Solidarity? Meet America’s 100 Highest-Paid Union Bosses

Harold Daggett
International Longshoremen's Association President Harold Daggett

A total of 428 American labor union officers and employees were paid more than $250,000 in 2012, in stark contrast to union propaganda expressing solidarity with “the middle class.”

In DC and the 26 states without Right to Work laws, the dues used to pay union salaries can be taken from workers as a condition of employment.

The nation’s 100 highest-paid union bosses, listed below, were paid a sum of $52.1 million during unions’ 2012 fiscal years, based on disbursements reported to the U.S. Department of Labor. This amount does not include insurance or retirement benefits.

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders, the 100th-highest-paid union officer or employee in 2012, received $353,580 in gross salary plus expense reimbursements.

Predictably, unions for professional athletes are most heavily represented at the top of the heap. Of the 28 union bosses paid more than $500,000 in 2012:

In order to bolster its plummeting membership, the AFL-CIO – of which FPA, LIUNA, the Boilermakers, and AFSCME are all affiliates – is openly working to add non-union leftist groups to its permanent coalition.

Name Total Pay Union Title/Status City State
G. William Hunter $3,159,553 NATIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR New York NY
DeMaurice Smith $2,550,046 PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / C Washington DC
Ira Fishman $1,156,652 PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATION MANAGING DIRECTOR/COO Washington DC
Gerald McEntee $1,121,988 STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INTL PRESIDENT / P Washington DC
Michael Weiner $1,024,980 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / C New York NY
Drew Brees $962,678 PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATION VICE PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
Jay Roth $788,639 DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA INC NHQ NATL EXEC DIRECTOR Los Angeles CA
Newton Jones $729,630 BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT / C Kansas City KS
Joseph Senese $698,406 NATIONAL PRODUCTION WKRS UNION IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Oak Brook IL
Richard Shapiro $682,468 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS SENIOR ADVISOR New York NY
Richard Berthelsen $637,311 PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATION GENERAL COUNSEL Washington DC
Robert Scardelletti $630,053 TRANSPORTATION COMMUNICATIONS UNION/IAM, AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS NATIONAL PRESIDENT / C Rockville MD
Terence O’Sullivan $621,388 LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
David Prouty $584,780 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS CHIEF LABOR COUNSEL New York NY
Donald Moak $576,968 AIR LINE PILOTS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS PRESIDENT / C Herndon VA
Anthony Clark $574,691 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS DIR, PLAYER RELATIONS New York NY
Rhonda Weingarten $556,981 TEACHERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
Timothy Brown $550,782 MASTERS MATES & PILOTS ILA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS PRESIDENT / C Linthicum MD
John Niccollai $549,497 FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 464 PRESIDENT / C Little Falls NJ
Harold Daggett $541,103 LONGSHOREMENS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS PRESIDENT / C North Bergen NJ
Armand Sabitoni $531,604 LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GEN SECRETARY TREASURER / C Washington DC
Warren Fairley $530,053 BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INT’L VICE PRESIDENT / C Kansas City KS
Ian Penny $522,137 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS SENIOR LABOR COUNSEL New York NY
Timothy Slavin $520,678 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS DIR, BUS AFFAIRS & LIC New York NY
Thomas Depaso $519,481 PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATION ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL Washington DC
Joseph Maloney $506,677 BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INT’L VICE PRESIDENT / C Kansas City KS
William Hite $501,203 PLUMBERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL PRESIDENT / C Annapolis MD
Michael Bearse $500,902 LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL COUNSEL Washington DC
Robert Travis $493,523 INDEPENDENT PILOT ASSOCIATION VP/PRES *SEE PAGE 101 / C Louisville KY
Ramon Rando $486,035 FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 464 SECRETARY/TREASURER / C Little Falls NJ
Russell Oathout $476,869 TRANSPORTATION COMMUNICATIONS UNION/IAM, AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS NATIONAL SECRETARY-TREASU / C Rockville MD
Stephen Burrow $476,473 TV & RADIO ARTISTS AAAA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Los Angeles CA
Phil Barbarello $470,401 AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS REGIONAL V.P. / C Washington DC
Richard White $469,744 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS GEN MANAGER New York NY
Ed Power $469,438 BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INT’L VICE PRESIDENT / C Kansas City KS
Edward Byrne Sr. $462,923 UNITED SERVICE WORKERS UNION, IUJAT NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS SECRETARY TREASURER / C Briarwood NY
David Young $462,798 WRITERS GUILD WEST IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Los Angeles CA
David Paul White $462,661 SCREEN ACTORS AAAA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECT Los Angeles CA
Joseph Nigro $459,643 SHEET METAL WORKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
Tom Baca $456,439 BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INT’L VICE PRESIDENT / C Kansas City KS
Lawrence McManamon $454,540 BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INT’L VICE PRESIDENT / C Kansas City KS
Jason Belser $451,480 PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATION SR DIR PLAYER SVS & DEV Washington DC
Stephen Knott $449,362 LONGSHOREMENS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL VICE PRESIDENT / C North Bergen NJ
Douglas McCarron $444,973 CARPENTERS IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
Jonathan Cohen $441,381 AIR LINE PILOTS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS CHIEF COUNSEL/DIR LEGAL Herndon VA
Robert Lenaghan $440,762 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS ASST GEN COUNSEL New York NY
Benny Holland Jr. $440,628 LONGSHOREMENS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT / C North Bergen NJ
Bruce York $437,705 AIR LINE PILOTS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS DIRECTOR REPRESENTATION Herndon VA
Stephen Regenstreif $432,705 STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS DIRECTOR, RETIREES Washington DC
Joseph Mancinelli $431,862 LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS VICE PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
James Callahan $427,963 ENGINEERS, OPERATING, AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
Matthew Loeb $427,174 STAGE & PICTURE OPERATORS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT / C New York NY
John Lazzaretto $427,033 LABORERS LOCAL UNION 152 BUSINESS MANAGER / P Highland Park IL
Jalmer Johnson $426,432 AIR LINE PILOTS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL MANAGER Herndon VA
James Pressley $425,528 BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INT’L VICE PRESIDENT / C Kansas City KS
William Creeden $420,769 BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INT’L SECRETARY-TREASURER / C Kansas City KS
Clark Gaines $417,103 PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, FED, AFL-CIO FEDERATION ASST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Washington DC
Joseph Sellers $413,415 SHEET METAL WORKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL SECRETARY-TREASUR / C Washington DC
Paul Rinaldi $411,740 AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
James Williams $401,895 PAINTERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL PRESIDENT / C Hanover MD
Randall G. Himes $400,204 TV & RADIO ARTISTS AAAA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS ASST NAT DIR EXEC Los Angeles CA
Steve Culter $400,052 FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 75 SECRETARY-TREASURER / C Dayton OH
John Telford $399,169 PLUMBERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS DIR OF CANADIAN AFFAIRS / C Annapolis MD
Walter Wise $397,684 IRON WORKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
Jon Davis $395,879 LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS VICE PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
Ralph Vogel $395,761 PROFESSIONAL PHARMACISTS GUILD PRESIDENT / C Woodland Hills CA
Dennis Van Roekel $389,620 NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS NEA PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
Lillian Roberts $388,941 STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO DISTRICT COUNCIL 37 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / C New York NY
Mathis Dunn $387,016 TV & RADIO ARTISTS AAAA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS ASST NAT EXEC DIRECTOR Los Angeles CA
John Wilhelm $385,856 UNITE HERE NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS PRESIDENT / P New York NY
Terrence Healy $384,910 LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS VICE PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
James Grogan $383,073 INSULATORS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS PRESIDENT / C Lanham MD
Patrick Finley $383,037 PLASTERERS & CEMENT MASONS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL PRESIDENT / C Beltsville MD
Lorretta Johnson $381,614 TEACHERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS SEC-TREASURER / C Washington DC
Edwin Hill $380,688 ELECTRICAL WORKERS IBEW AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT / C Washington, Dc DC
John Stocks $379,260 NATIONAL EDUCATION ASN IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Washington DC
John Baker $377,654 LONGSHOREMENS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS ASS’T GENERAL ORGANIZER / C North Bergen NJ
Richard Larkin $376,513 TV & RADIO ARTISTS AAAA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS ASSOC. EXEC DIRECTOR Los Angeles CA
Thomas Bethel $376,402 AMERICAN MARITIME OFFICERS, SIUNA NATL PRESIDENT / C Dania Beach FL
Phillip Browning $376,338 GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES AFGE AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 404 / C Beaver WV
Peter Hasho $374,200 INT’L BROTHERHOOD OF TRADE UNIONS PRESIDENT / C Garden City NY
John Lesniewski $372,927 TRANSPORTATION UNION IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESID / C North Olmsted OH
Andris Silins $372,923 CARPENTERS IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL SEC. TREASURER / C Washington DC
Lori Ames $370,788 UNITED SERVICE WORKERS UNION, IUJAT NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS PRESIDENT / C Briarwood NY
Richard Johnson $370,279 TRANSPORTATION COMMUNICATIONS UNION/IAM, AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT/G / C Rockville MD
Frank Hanley $368,571 FOOD & COMMERCIAL WKRS LOCAL UNION 464 RECORDER / C Little Falls NJ
William Roberts $368,453 AIR LINE PILOTS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS ASST DIR REPRESENTATION Herndon VA
James Hoffa $367,864 TEAMSTERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GEN PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
Ron Kutak $367,593 STAGE & PICTURE OPERATORS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 700 NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECT Los Angeles CA
Malcolm Futhey Jr. $363,295 TRANSPORTATION UNION IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT B / C North Olmsted OH
Gerald Owens $359,993 LONGSHOREMENS ASN AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL ORGANIZER / C North Bergen NJ
Greg Markley $359,933 FIRE FIGHTERS AFL-CIO LOCAL UNION 45 SECRETARY-TREASURER / C Olympia WA
Kim Roberts $358,321 TV & RADIO ARTISTS AAAA AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS NATIONAL EXEC. DIR. Los Angeles CA
D. David Haggerty $357,479 BOILERMAKERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INT’L VICE PRESIDENT / N Kansas City KS
Joel Parker $357,289 TRANSPORTATION COMMUNICATIONS UNION/IAM, AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS SPECIAL ASST TO NP/NATION / C Rockville MD
Douglas Banes $356,275 CARPENTERS IND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL VICE PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
John Penn $354,395 LABORERS NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS VICE PRESIDENT / C Washington DC
Robert Kucheran $354,219 PAINTERS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL VICE PRESIDENT / C Hanover MD
Earl Hurd $353,659 PLASTERERS & CEMENT MASONS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS GENERAL SECRETARY TREASUR / C Beltsville MD
Lee Saunders $353,580 STATE COUNTY & MUNI EMPLS AFL-CIO NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS INTL PRESIDENT / N Washington DC